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[30] throw himself down in the wet grass to avoid being seen by the enemy.

The sleeping men were quietly awakened by the officers and ordered to ‘Fall In’ without noise. Trembling and with their teeth chattering from the cold, they marched to the riverbank, where the rope ferry had been repaired and the re-crossing to the Maryland side was begun and, subsequently, successfully accomplished. As the last of the troops left the island, Capt. Hale of Company H suggested to Colonel Hinks that the two guns of Vaughn's battery fire a couple of shells over into the rebel camp. This was done, but no response was made to their ‘Hellish Good-Night,’ and in a few hours Camp Benton was reached.

The report of the operations in and around Ball's Bluff, made shortly afterward by Colonel Hinks, occasioned considerable feeling and attracted almost universal remark and comment from the Northern press and people on account of its plain statement of the important affair.

In a letter to Adjt. Schouler, written from Poolesville, Camp Benton, October 29, 1861, Colonel Hinks says:

The Nineteenth regiment did not lose a man in the battle of the 21st at Ball's Bluff, nor in the skirmish at Edward's Ferry on the 22nd. At the place first named, it stayed the advance of the enemy, receiving its full fire as it took its position and covered the retreat in good order. With two companies of the Twentieth, commanded by Lieutenants Beckwith and LeBaines, and the Rhode Island Battery, Captain Vaughn, it held possession of the island for thirty hours, directly under the enemy's guns and within point blank range of his rifles; his force consisting of the Eighth Virginia, and Thirteenth, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Mississippi, the whole not more than 250 yards distant.

At Edward's Ferry, Company K (Tiger Fire Zouaves), Captain Ansel D. Wass, with the Andrew Sharpshooters, did excellent service and are entitled to great commendation for their coolness and efficiency.

Massachusetts troops everywhere performed prodigies of valor and had there been competent management in

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